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“Great food, try the buffalo” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Desperados Cowboy Restaurant

Desperados Cowboy Restaurant
301 Main Street, Hill City, SD 57745
605-574-2959
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Ranked #6 of 22 Restaurants in Hill City
Price range: $6 - $19
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Leesburg, VA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great food, try the buffalo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Make sure you make a reservation--lines out the door when we arrived. We were seated quickly, and our server was attentive and fast. All 3 adults tried the buffalo (two had the roast, one the steak); all loved it. The kids had pasta and their was good as well. Great atmosphere right on the main street through town. Highly recommended.

Visited July 2014
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Family friendly, actually just friendly all round. The menu was decent, they had a good selection of beers and wines and when our waitress was admittedly a little slow in bringing our drinks, she immediately apologized and comped them, without a word from us.

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Naperville, Illinois
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“Great atmosphere, good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We were passing through Hill City and chose Desperado's based on positive reviews. The menu was simple, but offered plenty of variety: buffalo burgers, chili, salad, and late breakfast. Our server was new, but friendly and attentive. It us located in a historic building with original hand-hewn logs.

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Lenexa, Kansas
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“Great Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I read mixed reviews on TripAdvisor so I was hesitant for us to eat at Desperados. I am so glad we ate there. The atmosphere can't be beat. The inside is worth the visit by itself. One ordered the quesadilla and two of us had BBQ sandwiches. All were very good. Drinks are served in mason jars. This is a great place to eat when in Hill City. Most items are under $10.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Free-range, organic grass-fed, local buffalo - It does make a difference!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I consider myself a buffalo-burger expert. I like the taste, and I like the fact that they are healthier for me than a burger. Desperados serves a special buffalo burger that is actually even lower calorie than the buffalo meat that others serve. It was fresh, and cooked perfectly (not overcooked). The burger was very juicy, and tasty. (The burger was so good, that we are planning on ordering some when we get home.) I also will suggest ordering the sweet potato fries. Many times sweet potato fries are soggy, limp, and gross. These were crispy and flavorful. This was the second time we had been to this restaurant, and did didn't disappoint.

On a side note, it was mentioned in other reviews that the service was slow . . . and it was. We were told that there were extenuating circumstances (not going to get into it here) - just know that it is not the fault of poor management. So reviewers, cut them a little bit of slack.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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